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Baked Tilapia

I've decided to cook healthier for my family, and that includes having more fish at home. After looking at easy tilapia recipes I decided to try baked tilapia. I love that it's fast, too! —Hope Stewart, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 tilapia fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika


  • Place tilapia in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the butter, lemon juice, garlic powder and salt; pour over the fillets. Sprinkle with capers, oregano and paprika.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 425° until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 10-15 minutes.

Baked Tilapia Tips

Do you have to flip tilapia when baking?

No, you don’t need to flip the tilapia when baking.

How do you know when tilapia is done baking?

You know that tilapia is done baking when the flesh turns white and begins to easily flake with a fork. If you are still uncertain, insert a thermometer into the thickest part, and if the temperature is at or above 145°, the fish is ready.

What's good to eat with tilapia?

Lot’s of things are good to eat with tilapia! You can serve it with asparagus, green beans and rice pilaf. Check out other fish recipes that are ready in less than 30 minutes. Research contributed by Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Nutrition Facts
1 fillet: 224 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 304mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 32g protein.


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  • Carol
    May 9, 2020

    This is a wonderful recipe - and so easy! I used Italian seasoning instead of just oregano, and this was delicious! Light flavored and easy - this is my new go-to for tilapia AND flounder!

  • Lisa
    Jan 30, 2020

    This recipe is a favorite of mine for a quick tilapia dinner. I have subbed white wine for the lemon juice and it’s soooo good. I actually prefer the wine to the lemon juice. I also upped the amount of butter/wine/spices by 50%. This has become one of my staples for a quick easy weeknight dinner.

  • Vivienne
    Oct 20, 2019

    Came out delish ????

  • momio
    Sep 8, 2019

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  • xlsalbums
    Jul 20, 2019

    This was so good and easy to make. I've even given this recipe to my aunt!

  • PrplMonky5
    Jul 15, 2018

    This was pretty simple, pretty straight-forwards. I liked the spices, but wanted more on top of my fish, so next time I'll increase that. I put as many capers as I wanted on top, so that part was delicious. I felt like there was a tad too much butter, but that's probably personal preference. Overall, a solid tilapia recipe that I'll probably try again with some tweaks.

  • Ali
    Jul 11, 2018

    This was wonderful! I have always cooked my tilapia in a skillet and decided I wanted to try baking it. I searched for a good recipe and this was the first one that actually appealed to me. I am so glad we tried it! We will be using this recipe a lot!!!

  • sussexspaniel
    Jun 6, 2018

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  • Sasha
    Apr 23, 2018

    Been making this recipe since 2013 when I first started college and was a broke college student. Never used capers cuz I never knew what they were and never had them but even without those, this recipe is really good! It’s very light and airy. Pair it with some rice and broccoli and you got yourself a quick affordable meal. Also, to the person saying this recipe is bland. I recommend using the lemon butter mixture before you cook them and when they come out put more of the mixture on it. This helps with the flavor. Btw if you’re not a huge fan of lemons like me, I would probably use alittle less lemon juice than it asks for cuz the lemon can get pretty bold compared to the other flavors. This makes a great meal prep also!!

  • Kathleen
    Apr 12, 2018

    Thank you Hope for sharing this awesome recipe. Quick, delicious, and easy clean up (BONUS!). I couldn't find my dried oregano, so I substituted Italian dried seasonings instead. It was awesome.